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New National Angling Strategy aims to broaden angling’s appeal

28th June 2019

A new National Angling Strategy (2019-2024) has been launched to encourage wider participation in the sport by focusing on fresh audiences and the health and well-being benefits that angling can bring!

The strategy was written by Adam Brown, Head of Research at Substance, after widespread research and consultation with the angling community and using feedback from the National Angling Survey 2018 which engaged 35,000 anglers. The responses highlighted the need to make better information available on where and how to fish and the need to emphasise the health, well-being and environmental benefits of participation in recreational fishing.

The strategy will be implemented by a new partnership body – the National Angling Strategy Partnership Board – coordinated by the Angling Trust with representatives from the Environment Agency, Angling Trades AssociationGet Hooked on Fishing and Canal and River Trust. This board will be responsible for implementing the strategy as well as securing the additional funding needed to deliver on the strategy’s aims and objectives.

Environment Agency Chair Emma Howard Boyd said:

The National Angling Strategy aims to get more people out to experience angling – because we know that getting outdoors and experiencing nature is good for health and well being and the environment.

“I’m really pleased that the Environment Agency is working with partners and anglers on this exciting vision for growing the sport and delivering the best possible angling experience in England.”

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